Without a doubt, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. And these are the best Amalfi Coast towns to add to your itinerary!
Many of the photos travelers see of the Amalfi Coast come from merely a few of its towns but each place on the coast has its own reasons to visit.
We think these towns on the Amalfi Coast offer something unique and are worth the trip!
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Best Amalfi Coast Towns
The Amalfi Coast is the place people picture when they think about Italy. Below steep cliffs on the country’s southwest coast is the picturesque and colorful town of Amalfi perched at the center of its coast.
In the city’s main square is the Duomo di Sant’Andrea, in which you can ascend a 62-step stairway to enter as you pass the Fontana Sant’Andrea; the Arab-Norman and Baroque-style cathedral has a small crypt to view as well.
Included in the cathedral is the Cloister of Paradise, an Arabesque building with a garden and palm trees, elegantly framing the ornate frescos– all with an excellent view of the bell tower of the cathedral.
Walk through the stunning city past traditional boutiques and shops selling ceramics and handmade leather items until you reach the popular beaches.
Spiaggia Grande is very close to the center, whereas the Duoglio Spiaggia is a kilometer drive away. However, they are just two of the popular beaches of the seemingly endless coast.
Perhaps rent a boat and enjoy the waters away from the tourist-filled coast, or have an unforgettable dinner on the cliffs of Amalfi overlooking the sea with the local seafood pasta at Baglio’s.
Enjoy the view of the azure waters whilst hiking the ancient routes through the hillside villages overlooking the sea and stunning cliff views of the Amalfi Coast with the renowned Path of the Gods.
It’s an 8-kilometer journey and depending on where you’re starting the hike, you can visit the ancient Convento di Santa Maria a Castro and the adjoining convent of Saint Domenico, with dominating views of the cliffside.
Another hidden gem in Praiano is the small church with unique tilework– the Parrocchia Di San Gennaro, which has a piazza to relax and enjoy the views from.
The iconic Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista full of ceramic art and the colorful tile work of Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista are also signature churches to see.
Pertaining to the stunning beaches, Marina di Praia is a popular, vibrant, pebble beach with great opportunities to rent a boat.
For something more private, check out the Torre di Grado at the bottom of the stairs of the Hotel Bellavista, or rent a kayak and peek into the magical world inside the Grotte di Suppraiano! Spiagge Le Praie is another usually tourist-free beach.
Explore the cliffside coasts of Praiano through the Torre a Mare to end your trip!
If you want the full Amalfi Coast experience without the expensive prices and mass tourism, then Atrani is the hidden gem you’ve been looking for.
It is to the east of the town of Amalfi in the province of Salerno nestled between the division of two steep cliffs on the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The picturesque, colorful, and weathered houses take you back in time for an authentic Italian experience. The beaches of Spiaggia di Atrani and its small bay give you the feeling of being on your own private beach.
Take a break from swimming and sunbathing and try the regional dish, shrimp and zucchini scialatielli, right on the beach at Le Arcate.
The emblem of Atrani, the Santa Maria Maddalena Church, and the adjacent bell tower, with statues guarding its entrance and uniquely ornate decorations inside in a Baroque style, stands as a must-see in the small town.
Piazzetta Umberto I is in the town’s center with boutiques, shops, and restaurants, providing a charming ambiance to just sit and enjoy.
If you prefer to enjoy the stunning views from a terrace during your meal, Ristorante Savo is an excellent place to go for its quality ingredients and local squid ink pasta.
For more peace and quiet on the Amalfi Coast, Scala is the perfect destination. It is the oldest village on the coast from the Middle Ages, during the dawn of the Republic of Amalfi.
The town is dispersed into many hamlets across the mountainside and some of the medieval walls of the ancient fortresses can be found throughout the valley toward the sea.
In the center of Scala is the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, known for its dominating bell tower overlooking the town’s main piazza.
You can glimpse into the wealth of the city just by observing the interior of the church.
The 13th-century Ruderi della Basilica di Sant’Eustachio was one of the most breathtaking, constructed with marbles and pillars, ornate and colorful wall paintings in its interior, and was even able to be seen from the sea.
The hills and their scenery are ideal characteristics for a hike. Near the Palazzo d’Amelio, hike a 3-kilometer route from Scala and pass through Minuta and Borgo di Pontone to clear your mind in the city’s peaceful and quiet ambiance.
To end your time in Scala, dine at the local favorite and family-run restaurant, Il Pinguino, for outstanding service and delicious food.
Watch the sunrise over the mountains around Positano and reflect on the sea on a surreal hike across the Il Sentiero Degli Dei.
For a private trail all to yourself, try the Upper trail, as it is rarely used and very quiet due to its challenging difficulty level and rapid elevation– however, the view will be worth it!
To enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, there are a few beaches in Positano: Positano Spiaggia, Spiaggia Grande, and Fornillo.
Take the majestic views a step further into the Grotto dello Smeraldo, a cave you can enter by boat, and take a dive into the emerald waters.
Visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale, a medieval church from the 12th century, added as a part of an ancient Roman Villa with a medieval crypt underneath as well.
The frescos underneath are very well preserved, and the interior, golden ornaments, and signature multi-colored dome are iconic characteristics of the church.
Witness the layers of history underneath the church at the Museo Archeologico Romano Positano; ruins of a leisure villa, with well-preserved frescos, and artifacts within your reach–all built with volcanic tuff from Vesuvius.
End the trip at Da Vincenzo with incredible seafood dishes and wine pairings.
Maiori and Minori
For something less crowded but just as magnificent, Maiori and Minori are excellent scenic towns to consider. The seafront Basilica of Santa Trofimena is in the city center, and to its left are steps and signs leading up to the Campanile of the Santa Annunziata, which is the only remnant of the church, now nestled between the town’s signature citrus groves.
Also in the heart of Minori is the ancient ruins of the Villa Romana e Antiquarium, which showcases restored tilework, perfectly preserved thermal baths, interesting artifacts, and arches of a courtyard.
In Maiori, the Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare overlooks the village on a hill, standing gloriously with its colorful, weathered exterior, and well-preserved interior of white and gold.
Adjacent to the church is the Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente Confalone, where valuable art from the church’s past is housed. Rent a boat at the harbor and take an excursion east past the beach and marvel at the Norman Tower, the oldest watchtower on the Amalfi Coast.
Venture to the secluded and partially underwater entrance of Grotta Pannone, and take a dive into a new world of beauty. Dine at the Capo d’Orso with a scenic view of green mountains in the distance.
Jump off the rock walls into the emerald blue water at Fiordo di Furore. The picturesque cliffs shield parts of the beach from the sun, providing a relaxing escape.
The town has two villages connected by a long staircase, one by the sea and the other up in the mountains; built during the age of the Amalfi republic, these stairs have been the only connection between villages and the sea and mountains for many years.
The settlers were refugees from other parts of the Amalfi, and they dedicated themselves to crafting water mills along the stream of the fiordo between the valleys of the mountains.
Speaking of the mountains, you can hike amidst romantic signs on the cliff tops on the Passeggiata dell’Amore, looking down at the beautiful coast of Furore.
As you hike this trail, you will come across the Chiesa di Sant’Elia, where the Triptych of Antonello da Capua, from the fifteenth century is housed.
Other notable churches in this small town are the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo and Chiesa di San Giacomo.
Zipline through the amazing, lush, green mountainous valleys and look at the endless sea beneath you with Zip-line Furore-Conca dei Marini or Zip-line Furore-Conca dei Marini.
For incredible garden terraces overlooking the Amalfi Coast, visit the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone Gardens in gorgeous Ravello.
The latter is a ten-minute walk from Ravello Square and is placed between cliffs and the sea, with statues and sculptures staring back at you from the infinity terrace, where you can find an infinite view of the endless coastline both ways.
The Villa Rufolo’s Moorish architecture and a variety of gorgeous flowers of many colors light up the courtyards and leave an otherworldly view of the sea and mountains.
For more views, escape the busy streets into the beautiful garden venue of Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte to the rooftop terrace. For the beaches of the town, Lido di Ravello, also called the Spiaggia di Castiglione, is a secluded beach with great views, lounging areas, cafes, and cocktails.
Take a historic walk through Centro Storico Ravello and stop by all of the stunning churches– the Chiesa Dell’Annunziata, Duomo di Ravello, and the San Giovanni del Toro. The engravings, frescos, and the ornate color scheme of the iconography and altars of San Giovanni will have you speechless!
For signature, handmade ceramic plates with styles of the Amalfi region, visit the family-owned store, Ceramiche d’Arte Carmela.
Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare is a hidden gem and the gateway to the Amalfi coast (it might not be considered one of the towns but we are listing for the sake of this guide!).
Known as the ceramic capital of the world, its ornate, vibrant ceramic tiles are found all throughout the town– in churches, alleyways, walls, floors, courtyards, and the plethora of colorful buildings.
There are many great ceramic shops, such as the Ceramica Pinto, along with the Museum of Ceramics and the Solimene Ceramics Factory, which was built by the famous architect Paolo Soleri, are popular destinations to see the cultural heritage of the town.
The Church of San Giovanni Battista has become the emblem of Vietri, with altars and pillars made from marble, golden embroidery throughout the church walls and arches, and the ceiling adorned with bright majolica tiles of green, yellow, and blue.
The Villa Comunale is an amphitheater showcasing beautiful, winding tilework dedicated to a renowned doctor.
For jaw-dropping, sacred artwork, the frescoes at the Arciconfraternita della Santissima Annunziata e del Santissimo Rosario is a must see.
The quiet beaches at Spiaggia della Crestarella, Spiaggia di Marina d’Albori, Il Calypso Stabilimento Balneare, and Spiaggia di Marina di Vietri, all are escapes from the overcrowded tourist beaches of the other checkpoints on the Amalfi Coast.
Within the peaks of Monti Lattari, situated in between its green valleys, is the mountain paradise of the Amalfi Coast – Tramonti.
Tramonti is a stunning town full of vineyards, terraced gardens, olive trees, streams, and refreshingly cool air. Cantina Tagliafierro, Tenuta San Francesco, and Cantina Giuseppe Apicella are beautiful wineries in the countryside, away from tourists, with an intimate wine-tasting experience.
Start your visit at any of the wineries with a tour of their vineyard and cellar, seeing their ancient grape vineyards up close, whilst eating an authentic meal with fresh vegetables from their famous terraced gardens, and eating their world-renowned mozzarella cheese– another delicacy the town is famous for.
The colorful and fragrant gardens of Giardino Segreto dell’Anima send you into another world. It is nestled between panoramic views of Mt Lattari and the Tramonti Valley, with terraces separated by traditional dry stone walls and ceramic tiles, with a display of over 1200 species of plants and flowers.
The stunning Chapel of San Michele Arcangelo, is a preserved convent and crypt for the monks who had lived there. Explore other local sacred structures which are more hidden gems on the Amalfi, the Chiesa San Felice di Tenna, the Chiesa dell’Ascensione, and Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo.
An authentic and quintessential fishing village on the Amalfi Coast would be Cetara, which is raved to have the best fish on the Amalfi Coast and is thus barely reliant on tourism.
It is a tiny inland village on the coast of the emerald Mediterranean waters with charming views, pressed against the Lattari Mountains. The historic homes congregate around the centermost church of the town, with its signature Amalfi ceramic-tiled cupola, and offers a lovely view of the colorful boats lined on the tiny marina’s beach.
The one-street-town runs subtly uphill from the beach, so catching sites of the historic churches and towers shouldn’t be too hard; the Torre di Cetara, the Church of San Francesco, the 16th-century Torre Vicereale, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Church of Saint Mary of Constantinople, and the iconic Church of St. Peter the Apostle, known for its green and yellow majolica tiled dome.
Spend the day lounging on the beaches of Cetara Spiaggia and Porto di Cetara, or perhaps rent one of the boats on the marina.
Dine and experience the local cuisine, which is centralized around red tuna and anchovies, as Cetara’s seafood is considered the best on the Amalfi, and its industry is world-renowned.
Sorrento is a city on the Sorrentine Peninsula mounted atop the cliffs with dramatic views of the water and busy marinas. The Piazza Tasso is a historic center of narrow alleys lined with cafes and restaurants, illuminated with gorgeous yellow Mediterranean architecture at the edges of the old town.
While it is best visited as an overnight destination, it can be easily visited as a day trip from Naples if you’re short on time!
The historic quarter, or the old town, winds through streets of vibrant, pastel houses, bustling with life as the locals enjoy their traditions of sitting near family-owned restaurants and boutique shops.
Tour the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with vine-covered tufa columns and pillars surrounding a stunning garden.
The Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo, which was rebuilt a few times, showcases layers of history, and the Basilica of Sant’Antonino, an 11th-century church built from recycled parts of ancient Roman buildings.
The impossibly blue waters of the Marina Piccola, the main harbor of Sorrento, and Marina Grande, a smaller harbor on the west side are great seaside destinations.
The Bagni Della Regina Giovanna is an archaeological site of the remains of an ancient Roman villa overlooking the arch of a private beach, where you can also cool off at.
The Villa Communale has a divine view from the edge of a cliff of Sorrento. To be honest, Sorrento is a great base for a lot of day trips around the coast!
Conca dei Marini
Between Amalfi and Furore, hugging the cliffs of the sea cave of La Grotta dello Smeraldo is Conca dei Marini.
The old charm of the small fishing town has been preserved, with lush, green nature dispersed throughout the landscape, highlighted by the vibrant yellow of the lemon orchards in contrast to the deep blue waters– the small town stretches charmingly across the small bay.
The aforementioned magical sea cave, famous for the color of its interior, sparkles with an emerald green every time the sunlight shines through the opening underneath the hidden cave entrance.
The watchtower, Torre Saracena or Torre del Capo di Conca, still stands proudly alongside the coast of the town, overlooking the cozy beaches beneath its cliffs.
Since it is a fishing village, the tuna fish is not something to miss out on– nor the tomatoes from the terraced garden patches throughout the city, pomodorini a piennolo– which are both important ingredients for the local delicacy zuppa di pesce, which you can enjoy right on the beach at Ristorante La Tonnarella.
End the meal with sfogliatella Santa Rosa, a pastry combining candied cherries in soft, yet crusty dough, invented by nuns from the Conservatory of Santa Rosa da Lima.
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